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Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Sugar Cookies Recipe (The BEST)

My favorite recipes are straight out of my Grandmother’s cookbook. She only saved tried-and-true recipes that you can truly depend on. When I first saw her Sour Cream Sugar Cookies recipe, I was so skeptical. As soon as I baked these, I became a believer and I’m NEVER going back to making them any other way. They’re a great Christmas cookie and you’d never know that sour cream is the secret ingredient.

You've got to try Sour Cream Sugar Cookies and you'll be a believer! This old-fashioned recipe makes fluffy and SOFT sugar cookies. It's the perfect Christmas cookie recipe. #SugarCookies #ChristmasBaking #ChristmasCookies #ChristmasCookieRecipes

I always bake sugar cookies during the Christmas season because my kids love them so much. I use simple sanding sugar, as you can see in the photos, but you can decorate with cookie icing as well. Since they’re so soft and fluffy, many people think they’re like a knock-off Lofthouse cookie (the frosted ones you can buy at the grocery store). You can’t judge it until you’ve tried it!

Looking for more Christmas cookie recipes? Gingerbread Men Cookies are another classic that everyone loves. Reindeer Peanut Butter Blossoms are fun for the kids. No-Bake Bourbon Ball Cookies are super easy if you want to avoid baking.

How To Make Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

The key to a perfectly baked cookie is all about the technique. I keep my dough in the refrigerator, in-between baking. I share specifically how to do it, below in the recipe, but it’s an important technique to remember. Letting the cookie dough sit out and warm will create a cookie that spreads too thin or burns.

Tools For The Perfect Sour Cream Sugar Coookies

How To Store Leftover Cookies So They Stay Fresh

This recipe makes almost three dozen cookies (it depends on the cookie cutter shapes you use). You’ll probably have some leftovers, even if you pass out some as homemade gifts. Keep your sour cream sugar cookies fresh by storing them in an air-tight container. You can also add a piece of fresh bread and that will help to keep the moisture. The cookies are good for 7-10 days.

Can you freeze sugar cookies? There are two different ways you can freeze sour cream sugar cookies. You can make the dough and freeze it before baking. Or you can bake them and place in the freezer afterwards. They’re good for 3 months in the freezer. Just let the dough, or cookies, thaw before baking or serving.

Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Sugar Cookies Recipe

What You’ll Need From The Grocery Store:

  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Eggs
  • Sour Cream
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Optional: Sanding Sugar OR Cooking Icing

Step-By-Step Directions To Make Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

Cream together white sugar, butter or margarine, vanilla, and eggs. Add sour cream.

Adding Sour Cream Into Sugar Cookies

Mix together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Gradually add to the egg-sugar mixture.

Cover and chill dough for 1 hour.

Sour Cream Sugar Cookie Dough

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Divide the dough into thirds and place 1/3 onto wax paper. Roll the dough out, in-between the wax paper, to 1/4 inch thick.  Repeat with the remaining dough.

Place back into the refrigerator, between the wax paper and on cookie sheets, until you’re ready to bake. Cut out cookies. Add sprinkles, if desired. Bake on cookie sheet, with silicone mat, for 10 – 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Old-Fashioned Christmas Cookie Recipe

TIP: Keep your rolled dough in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake. It will be easier to work with. If you cut cookies and have leftover dough – put it back in the refrigerator. Then you can roll it between wax paper and repeat the process.

Yield: 3 Dozen

Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Sugar Cookies Recipe

Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Sugar Cookies Recipe

These Sour Cream Sugar Cookies are fluffy with a great soft texture. They're great for Christmas baking and you can frost them or add sprinkles.

Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 32 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ Cups White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 5 Cups All-purpose Flour
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

Instructions

  1. Cream together white sugar, butter or margarine, vanilla, and eggs. Add sour cream.
  2. Mix together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Gradually add to the egg-sugar mixture. Cover and chill dough for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Divide the dough into thirds and place 1/3 onto wax paper. Roll the dough out, in-between the wax paper, to 1/4 inch thick.  Repeat with the remaining dough.
  4. Place dough back into the refrigerator, between the wax paper and on cookie sheets, until you're ready to bake. Cut out cookies. Add sprinkles, if desired.
  5. Bake on cookie sheet, with silicone mat, for 10 - 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 158Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g

**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.

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